Creating an open and well-lit space that is illuminated with natural light
Kilternan Parish Church, which is in the Church of Ireland Diocese of Dublin, has been an essential pillar of the local community since 1826. In 2018, Reverend Rob Clements, Rector of Kilternan Parish and his parishioners, kick-started a project to extend its services and become a resource for a broad range of activities for people of all ages. To do this the church needed more space, which was proposed in the form of a multi-use community centre.
Architect Stephen Newell’s brief was to design a modern building with a range of amenities and a welcoming aesthetic that would not look out of place in the church grounds. What was developed was a naturally lit, 770m2 contemporary centre that includes facilities such as a large multi-use hall, a café and hospitality area.
28 VELUX Modular Skylights, including factory fitted, integral roller blinds to control glare, were installed by C&I Carpentry Ltd, a VELUX Commercial installation partner, in the main hall forming an atrium like design along the centre of the roof, and the bright, uplifting space that the client was seeking.
To increase the levels of natural light throughout the rear of the café, 6 wall-mounted longlights were installed in this area, two of which are venting units that allow the hottest and stalest air to escape efficiently, reducing the need for energy-intensive air conditioning systems